Repeal the 8th

Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution. Riddle me this!

Article 40.3.3

There are so many contradictions in the debate around the article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution, better known as the. Here are a few I have been studying…

1. We are told: ‘It’s not a baby, it’s just a clump of cells’ yet we are also told ‘abortion is a traumatic experience for a woman and is not entered into lightly.’ So why the trauma?

2. We are told: ‘It’s not a baby, it’s a clump of cells’ yet the politicians say ‘abortion should only be legal up to 12 weeks.’ Why should it make a difference to a bunch of cells?

3. Abortion is supposedly OK for fatal foetal abnormalities or in cases of rape or incest. Why not then on other grounds?

4. “I believe women should have the choice but I couldn’t have an abortion”. But why not?

5. Abortion supporters talk about rape, incest, sexual abuse and fatal foetal abnormalities as justifications for abortion. Yet they accuse pro-life supporters of resorting to emotional language by using the term ‘baby’.

6. Women who have had a hysterectomy or who have gone through menopause or who are unable to conceive can have an opinion. So why do abortion campaigners not want men to have an opinion?

7. Article 40.3.3 considers a pregnant woman a mother by virtue of her pregnancy. Abortion campaigners argue is that women shouldn’t be forced to become mothers. But mothers of what … a bunch of cells?

8. The death penalty was made illegal in Ireland in 1990 for all crimes (including rape and incest). So why then do abortion campaigners now want to make it legal to kill the innocent child resulting from rape or incest?

9. Our TDs and Senators voted to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, under which abortion for reasons of disability is a violation. So why at the same time do they want abortion available if there is a disability diagnosis of ‘fatal foetal abnormality’.

10. In all countries where abortion is legal, sex selection forms part of the abortion business and females are aborted purely for being female. So why do abortion campaigners consider abortion as a women’s rights issue?

11. Studies show a much higher rate of depression and anxiety among women who have had an abortion when compared to women who have continued the pregnancy to birth. So why then do abortion campaigners consider abortion as a women’s health issue?

12. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not list abortion as a human right so why do abortion campaigners claim abortion as a human right?

13. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that “the child…needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth”. So why do abortion campaigners consider repealing article 40.3.3 as a human rights issue?

14. Scientific studies prove that a fertilised egg is an autonomous, living being. So why do abortion campaigners consider abortion itself, the negation of life, a human rights issue?

15. Article 43.3.3 has served women and children well. No one woman has died because of Article 43.3.3. So why should we even consider removing it?


By Brónagh Hayes.

Brónagh is a Law student in Dublin.

They don’t want to see the 8th repealed!

The 8th Amendment

Several groups of volunteers have been traveling around the country to share their ideas about protecting life, on the LoveBoth Tour. Here are two of their testimonies.

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“When you turn on the radio or the TV and they’re discussing the abortion issue, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the majority of the country wanted to see the repeal of the 8th Amendment. It can be a little disheartening at times, when you can recognise the lies being spread in the name of ‘choice’. However, the Love Both tour has opened my eyes to what the public really think about abortion in Ireland. I’ve done the Galway tour and the weekly outreach sessions in Dublin, and honestly, I loved both!
It’s only when you talk to people directly that you see how they really feel about the issue: the majority of people I’ve spoken to about the issue don’t actually want to see the 8th Amendment repealed!
In Galway, there were, of course, those who didn’t want to hear the pro-life side of the debate, but even in the city we got a lot of people coming up to us with words of encouragement and support. When we did outreach in Dublin, we were greeted with an overwhelming openness and the majority of people we met were either pro-life or at the very least, open to hearing our side of the debate.
Going up to talk to people about the pro-life message is never the easiest thing to do at the start, but helping out with the LoveBoth tour is a great way to get involved and meet some incredible people. The work is good and the craic is mighty! Sign up to get involved – you won’t regret it!”
By Roger Theodore Berkeley

The future of the world

“Getting to canvass in Galway as part of the LoveBoth Summer Tour was an absolutely unreal experience. It seems daunting at first given the uncertainty about what to expect, whether people will give out to you, or whether they’ll acknowledge your existence at all.
The truth of the matter is that the cause we’re fighting for is much greater than any setback.
Thinking in those terms helped me overlook any displeasing comments, and pushed me to make a greater effort to engage with people in the street. Another factor that really boosted my confidence was to think of the many people I had come across who were pro-life themselves, and who had thanked me and the Pro Life Campaign for some fantastic work. They’d shout out a “fair play to ye! Ye will keep Ireland great with the 8th! Go raibh maith agat, folks!”.
All in all, I’m extremely glad I did this, I’ve learnt a lot, and I know I have not only served Ireland and its future, but the future of the world.”
By Al Byrne